Bamboo Façade

‘Roots. Indonesian Contemporary Art’ is an exhibition held at the German museum Frankfurter Kunstverein. Simply a journey into the world of bamboo and its qualities, a two-part guided tour through the bamboo installation at the main entrance and into the  bamboo grove at the Palmengarten.

Photography of Andang Iskandar - Artist Joko Avianto in the Making of the Facade

Photography of Andang Iskandar – Artist Joko Avianto in the Making of the Facade

A rusty looking installation saying all about Indonesian and Asian culture located at the main entrance, over a 3 weeks working period and 1,500 bamboo sticks of raw material the artist Joko Avianto created a semi-enclosed space to make an introduction to the exhibition inside. He calls it ‘Pohon Besar’ which means big trees, the best attributive for his work.

Photography of Andang Iskandar - Bamboo Facade at the German Museum

Photography of Andang Iskandar – Bamboo Facade at the German Museum

Six meter long elements of the natural material nested into each other, made a great visual addition to the exhibition as you walk under you see all these elements in its natural form interlacing in steady strokes, dry, segmented, nearly splintered elements over & on both sides of your head creates a medium from the exhibition its self.

Photography of Andang Iskandar - Bamboo Facade at the German Museum

Photography of Andang Iskandar – Bamboo Facade at the German Museum

You can’t help but to love that strong, rusty, natural, complicated look in a dead industrial looking environment. Sure it wasn’t a great addition to the architecture of the building since it looks like a separate shape, but it was the artist vision to create without interfering with the existing building. He aimed to create a big tree at the entrance for its great cultural meaning since the tree is a place to meet, interact. The installation is a great abstract of a tree, it says a tree without ‘literally’ seeing a tree wonderful work by Joko Avianto.

               

By Yosra Abdel-Rahman

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